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Two bomb threats phoned into Montgomery County high schools Wednesday morning

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MCPS logoMontgomery County Public Schools officials evacuated two county high schools Wednesday morning after unknown persons called the schools with bomb threats.

The first of the two threats was phoned in to Winston Churchill High School in Potomac at approximately 7:20 a.m., after which school officials ordered the building evacuated. Following a short delay, students and teachers returned to the building by 8:30 a.m. after Montgomery County Police responded to the situation and cleared the school for re-entry, Montgomery County Public Schools Spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said.

 “Based on a very limited general call, we checked out the building and found nothing there,” said Montgomery County Police Spokesman Capt. Paul Starks. “They’re back to normal functioning.”

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Montgomery murders rise in 2017 with latest death

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2017 will go down in the books with more local homicides than last year.

In the latest, Montgomery County Police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Germantown man who was found dead from a gunshot wound in his residence at the Acclaim of Germantown apartment complex Saturday afternoon.

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Police launch internal investigation into teen’s death

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Montgomery County Police is investigating its role in a missing person’s case where a 17-year-old Walt Whitman student ended up dead nearly 15 hours after his father first contacted police with concerns.

“Internal Affairs has a role in the investigation,” MCP Spokesman Captain Paul Starks said. “We’re looking at the investigative steps taken and we’re also looking at decisions made by patrol officers.”

Starks said Montgomery County Police Chief Manger will conduct a thorough review of events and whether policies were followed or if they will need to be changed. Starks says the findings will be shared with the public.

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Police investigating two reports of shots fired at Gaithersburg church

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New Life Seventh day Adventist Church front side view 1bNew Life Seventh day Adventist Church   Photo by Glynis KazanjianPolice are investigating two reports of shots fired at a Gaithersburg church which occurred this week.

A parishioner from the New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church at 7401 Muncaster Mill Road notified police Wednesday evening about a bullet hole he found in a window frame at the building’s front entrance. Police responded to the scene and recovered a bullet fragment from the frame.

Montgomery County Police officers from the Sixth District station responded to a second call at the same location on Thursday at 11:13 p.m. about multiple gunshots heard outside the church. Police said gunfire damage occurred again at the front and also along the sides of the church; several shell casings were recovered on Muncaster Mill Road. Police cannot yet confirm the total number of fired shots or from where the shots originated.

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Police on the hunt for stabbing suspect

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Montgomery County Police are looking for whoever stabbed two teenagers Sunday at the Wheaton Metro station, according to police spokesperson Capt. Paul Starks.

Starks said police acquired the charge of second-degree assault but can’t serve the warrant until police find the suspects.

“They have obtained charges but they haven’t served the warrant yet,” Starks said.

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Transgender woman murdered

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Policelights 1GAITHERSBURG – Friends and family members are mourning the death of Zella Ziona while police say they have the man responsible for her murder in custody while they still search for a motive in the tragic murder.

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